With a little over a month until Christmas, you still have some time to make some of these quick and easy Christmas potholders. Use them yourself or give as hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.
Each of the potholders in this project takes flannel fabric and quilt batting, plus any small decorations you’d like to add.
Enlarge the squares to 1″ squares and draw the outlines of the bell and tree. You can use graph paper, or if you have a photocopier available, enlarge the pictures until you have 1″ squares.
Use red flannel or felt for the outside pieces; any kind of green fabric for the inner piece that shows at the bottom, and old cotton blanketing or quilt batting for the inner lining.
Make two patterns — one including the entire bell, and the second pattern all around the top but cutting across the bottom on the line just above the clapper.
Using the first pattern (the entire bell), make three layers, one each of red flannel, green fabric and cotton quilt batting. Using the second pattern make one layer of red flannel for the front, allowing 1/4″ extra at the lower edge to turn under. Fit this red front over the green piece, insert a braid loop between for a bell clapper and stitch two rows across. Now on this double piece place the first pattern and draw around the edge for a stitching guide. Put the cotton quilt batting layer under the green, and the other red flannel piece under the blanketing, and stitch all together, following the marked line on the front. Then trim evenly around the utside to within 1/8″ of the stitching. finish the edges with blanket stitching or binding.
Sew the braid by hand across the bell in the position shown. Braid enough for a bow and fasten to the top.
CHRISTMAS TREE PANHOLDER
Cutting slightly larger than the outline, make three layers, one each of green felt (for the front); cotton batting for inner lining and red flannel or felt (for the back). ut the paper outline down on top or front (green) piece and trace around with a marking pencil to make a stitching line. Fit the layers together (green, then batting, then red) and stitch around the line just marked. Trim evenly around the outside to within 1/8″ of the stitching. Place two strands of braid across the tree in the positions shown and stitch down by hand. finish the edges of the panholder with blanket stitching or binding. Cut out circles from felt scraps of any bright colors and sew in the positions shown. Sew a bone ring to the top to hang.
Again, enlarge the above design to 1 inch squares. Cut out the circle and the gingerbread man. Cutting slightly larger than the circle outline, make two layers of red flannel or felt (front and back) and one of cotton batting (inner lining). Put the paper outline down on the front piece and trace around to mark the stitching line. Fit the layers together and stitch around the line just marked. Trim evenly around the outside to within 1/8″ of the stitching. finish the edges with a blanket stitch or binding. Hand-stitch the braid around the edge, spacing the loops as shown. Let one extend up at the top for a hanger. Trace around the gingerbread man outline on brown felt and cut out. Embroider the eyes, nose and criss-cross buttons. Tack tiny rickrack across his middle for a belt. Whipstitch the gingerbread man to the center of the panholder.